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9:55 PM ET, January 24, 2007


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Associated Press:
Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits … (AP) — Microsoft Corp. has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.  —  While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak …
Dmahugh / Slashdot:
hi, I'm the guy you're bashing today  —  The premise of this thread is a lie.  Nobody ever contacted Rick and asked him to "make edits and corrections favorable to" Microsoft.  Also, nobody from Microsoft PR contacted him.  I am the person who contacted Rick, and I am a technical evangelist specializing in the Open XML file formats.
The Age:
Microsoft 'tried to doctor Wikipedia'  —  Microsoft has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse today after it offered to pay an Australian blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced web encyclopedia site.  —  While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   What Is The Check On Wikipedia's Power?
Microsoft Announces Extended Support for Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition  —  Microsoft adds the Extended Support phase to two consumer products, providing customers with an additional five years of support.  —  Who: Microsoft Corp.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Buying choices CNET editors' review
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SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  In 2005 I began working as a venture consultant for some entrepreneurs and investors trying to develop a fairly ambitious "real-money-trading" (RMT) business idea.
SECOND LIFE: Virtual world's supposed economy is 'a pyramid scheme'  —  Linden Lab's virtual world — a much-hyped online amusement arcade of cartoon porn, avatars of IBM executives and frog bands — has an annual GDP of about $220m, according to Fortune Magazine's David Kirkpatrick.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Down, Outlook Up at Yahoo  —  Yahoo closed the books on a tough year yesterday, reporting that its sales rebounded in the fourth quarter from an especially sluggish third quarter and promising investors that it would soon turn on technology that it hoped would close the widening gap with Google.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Beyond Google: Social Media Engines First, Other Search Engines Second  —  I've never encouraged a "Google First" or "Google Only" mentality for search marketers to follow.  This is where you focus only on Google, figuring the other major search engines don't matter.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q4 Net Revenues of $1.7 Billion  —  Delivers Q4 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.25 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.31  —  Repurchases $1.0 Billion of Common Stock During Q4 and Expands Program for Additional $2.0 Billion
Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman  —  Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software is illegal, the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway has ruled.  The blow follows the news that consumer groups in Germany and France are joining Norway's action against Apple.
Thomas Mennecke / File-Sharing News …:
Interview with muslix64, Developer of BackupHDDVD  —  The next generation of optical disc technology holds the promise to change the way we interact with and store digital media.  Perhaps the most exciting change is the arrival of High Definition (HD) video, with its glorious 1920x1080 pixel resolution.
New York Times:
More Marketers Are Grabbing the Attention of Players During Online Games  —  CASUAL game sites have learned how to play the ad game.  —  The sites — which offer puzzle and strategy games — once focused on selling the actual games after the dot-com bust drove many advertisers away.
Discussion: PaidContent and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Will 'unlocked' cell phones free consumers?  —  The major cell phone operators' hold on which devices U.S. consumers can use on their networks may be slipping as large manufacturers like Motorola and Nokia dabble in selling "unlocked" phones.  —  Up until recently, unlocked phones …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Rising Dead Pool Indicates Web 2.0 Bubble is Popping  —  The Web 2.0 "bubble" - where a thousand ventures can bloom and thrive - is starting to pop. In the last few weeks the number of startups to go belly up or teter on the brink has increased.  TechCrunch is my yardstick for all things Web 2.0.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Move Over Silicon Valley, Here Come European Start-Ups  —  A technology and media conference being held here this week provided ample evidence that Silicon Valley's dominance of Internet-style technology innovation is waning.  —  The gathering, Digital Life Design, has become a showcase …
Discussion:, Vecosys and point being
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Adobe and its P2P Ambitions  —  Adobe Systems, now the owner of Flash multimedia technology, seems to be getting pretty serious about spreading its tentacles into new product categories - from VoIP to peer-to-peer networking.  But it is P2P that is at the heart of San Jose, Calif.-based company's grand design.
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
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